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First Chicken Cook in Pouring Rain

bjeansbjeans Posts: 190
edited August 2017 in EggHead Forum
Chicken thighs with three Dizzy Pig rubs, raised direct about 375+. It stopped raining, then sprinkled, then poured during the cook. Got soaked, and when my husband came home, he spelled me toward the end. (The Smokeware Cap is still in the box.) I held aluminum foil over the daisy wheel, then nothing, then during the deluge, an umbrella. Despite all that, and forgetting which thighs had which Dizzy Pig rub, I was shocked that they were delicious. Trial by rain.

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  • ColtsFanColtsFan Posts: 1,893
    That looks wonderful! 
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  • SmokingPineySmokingPiney Posts: 2,282
    Improvise, adapt, overcome.....

    Way to hang in there on a trying cook @bjeans:)

    The thighs look great. 
    South Jersey Pine Barrens. XL BGE , Assassin 24, Weber Kettle, CharBroil gasser, AMNPS 
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 16,624
    They look delicious. Nice job!
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • bjeansbjeans Posts: 190
    Thanks guys - love this egg! 
    Ex LBGE owner and current BGE liker 
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 17,046
    @bjeans - You have got the skills and passion for bringing it home.  No doubt about the result.  Great outcome right there.  Congrats.  
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • Nice!!!!
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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 13,076
    It took me a while to figure out that it was stupid to egg in the rain. But I did. =) When I first got an egg, the weather didn't matter; heat, cold, rain, snow, wind, whatever. I will still egg in any of those conditions... except rain! The only way I'll do rain is if I wasn't expecting it and had started a cook anyway. 

    The egg doesn't care. This is one of @Spring Chicken's cooks from long ago. No foil, no umbrella and long before there was a smokeware cap. You can see smoke rising up through the daisy...

    The egg might not care... but the COOK does. This one anyway. =)

    All that said... GREAT looking chicken!! :rofl:

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

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  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 16,624
    It took me a while to figure out that it was stupid to egg in the rain. But I did. =) When I first got an egg, the weather didn't matter; heat, cold, rain, snow, wind, whatever. I will still egg in any of those conditions... except rain! The only way I'll do rain is if I wasn't expecting it and had started a cook anyway. 

    The egg doesn't care. This is one of @Spring Chicken's cooks from long ago. No foil, no umbrella and long before there was a smokeware cap. You can see smoke rising up through the daisy...

    The egg might not care... but the COOK does. This one anyway. =)

    All that said... GREAT looking chicken!! :rofl:

    This cook was a disaster that a Smokeware cap could've saved ;)
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • bjeansbjeans Posts: 190
    Ha! Holy cow. Does that really not affect a cook? What about damp, cold air entering the vent? After being stable a long time, when I wasn't covering the daisy wheel and the rain picked up, the temp suddenly dropped 25 degrees and the smoke got weird. I opened the vent a little and umbrella-ed the egg.

    BTW, @Carolina Q it wasn't supposed to storm and had stopped when I started the cook. I'm kind of glad it happened but will not seek it out. 
    Ex LBGE owner and current BGE liker 
  • bjeansbjeans Posts: 190
    lousubcap said:
    @bjeans - You have got the skills and passion for bringing it home.  No doubt about the result.  Great outcome right there.  Congrats.  
    You're really kind. Yes, enthusiasm - who knew it could be so much more fun than kitchen cooking (which I avoid as much as possible)? As for skills, I'm in egg kindergarten, but read and copy posts like a maniac (maniegg?). Dozens read and maybe six copied that were simple, similar thigh cooks. 
    Ex LBGE owner and current BGE liker 
  • StormbringerStormbringer Posts: 1,256
    Nice cook, I really like chicken thighs cooked in the Egg! Here in the UK we have a lot of rain, so precautionary measures are in place, ranging from this:



    to this:



    and the latter came into play when cooking chicken thighs (rubbed with three different DP rubs) and sausages on Wednesday afternoon, as it was tipping it down old testament style:


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  • bjeansbjeans Posts: 190
    @Stormbringer, handy set-ups. I like the fence flowerpots. : ) Three DP rubs for you, too? Which ones? And you don't have the aluminum foil resting on the chicken, do you - is that three levels? 
    Ex LBGE owner and current BGE liker 
  • StormbringerStormbringer Posts: 1,256
    bjeans said:
    @Stormbringer, handy set-ups. I like the fence flowerpots. : ) Three DP rubs for you, too? Which ones? And you don't have the aluminum foil resting on the chicken, do you - is that three levels? 
    I used Game On, Tsunami Spin and Ragin' River, the latter being the winner.

    You're correct, that is three levels, I made a custom rig with some nuts, bolts and washers. The middle level is a 13 inch pizza pan with kitchen foil on it suspended on some washers. The sausage fat dripped onto it and didn't touch the chicken.
    Large BGE and MMX, both with platesetter and cast iron grid. Superpeel for pizza, iDevice for temperature.
    Cooking on the large in deepest, darkest England since Oct 2015. MMX added to the family Mar 2016.
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  • bjeansbjeans Posts: 190
    Very cool - and advanced (!) - set up. I used Raging River, Pineapple Head and Shakin' the Tree. In the downpour, I forgot to plate them to know which was which. I don't think I ate Shakin' the Tree but the other two were super. 
    Ex LBGE owner and current BGE liker 
  • StormbringerStormbringer Posts: 1,256
    bjeans said:
    Very cool - and advanced (!) - set up. I used Raging River, Pineapple Head and Shakin' the Tree. In the downpour, I forgot to plate them to know which was which. I don't think I ate Shakin' the Tree but the other two were super. 
    Thanks. I'm a nuts-y bolts-y cook. If you have a Minimax this setup is ace:

    https://www.thecooksdigest.co.uk/2017/06/30/maxing-out-a-minimax-big-green-egg/

    Large BGE and MMX, both with platesetter and cast iron grid. Superpeel for pizza, iDevice for temperature.
    Cooking on the large in deepest, darkest England since Oct 2015. MMX added to the family Mar 2016.
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    | My food blog ... BGE and other stuff http://www.thecooksdigest.com
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  • bjeansbjeans Posts: 190
    No Minimax (yet?) but love the set-up. You could/should sell them. 
    Ex LBGE owner and current BGE liker 
  • TheophanTheophan Posts: 2,206
    I've hardly ever Egged in the rain, just too unpleasant for me, regardless of the food.  I'm impressed by your dedication, and that chicken looks AMAZING!!!

    Great job!
  • GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 5,555
    Those look fantastic.  Thanks for sharing!!

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  • bjeansbjeans Posts: 190
    Theophan said:
    I've hardly ever Egged in the rain, just too unpleasant for me, regardless of the food.  I'm impressed by your dedication, and that chicken looks AMAZING!!!

    Great job!
    Thanks! But don't give me too much credit - I thought the rain had passed. Choices: scrap it; transfer to oven while they're getting rained on (umbrella holder wasn't home from work yet); or carry on. Meanwhile, the SmokeWare cap was in the kitchen laughing.
    Ex LBGE owner and current BGE liker 
  • GoldenQGoldenQ Posts: 258
    Wish my wife would try to cook on the egg.  She loves the food but says that is my job.    Your food looks great and hubby is lucky.
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  • bjeansbjeans Posts: 190
    edited August 2017
    @GoldenQ wow, that's so nice of you - I've surprised myself, actually - did not expect it. 

    But you have to look at the complete picture. Before the egg I didn't often cook dinner - too easy to get good carry-out. The dust bunnies are hopping since I've buried my head in the forum for an eggucation. Plus I'm semi-retired, so have time. If your wife cooks, cleans, shops? She's a gem. (My husband does most shopping.)

    But it is a nice obsess... um, hobby to share. I'm guessing my husband will jump in and do steaks. And now that I've confessed my laziness, time to vacuum a bit. 
    Ex LBGE owner and current BGE liker 
  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 16,994
    Way to pull through like a trooper. 
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  • JohnEggGioJohnEggGio Posts: 429
    Very nice job with the cook - chicken looks great!  Since I'm a fellow "rain chef", I just ordered a Smokeware Cap!  
    Maryland, 1 LBGE
  • bjeansbjeans Posts: 190
    Thank you. I'm just getting comfortable with the daisy wheel and switching to the Smokeware Cap could throw me... who am I kidding. I'm new and winging it so switching shouldn't matter. 

    I'm nervous about removing the current gasket - don't want to end up without an airtight fit and then have to wait for a thicker gasket. Matthew at Smokeware said to first check if the OEM gasket would work - that it depends on if it's too high or lower down.

    I hope you post about your switching to SW.
    Ex LBGE owner and current BGE liker 
  • XC242XC242 Posts: 1,112
    Those look incredible! :clap:
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  • JohnEggGioJohnEggGio Posts: 429
    bjeans said:
    Thank you. I'm just getting comfortable with the daisy wheel and switching to the Smokeware Cap could throw me... who am I kidding. I'm new and winging it so switching shouldn't matter. 

    I'm nervous about removing the current gasket - don't want to end up without an airtight fit and then have to wait for a thicker gasket. Matthew at Smokeware said to first check if the OEM gasket would work - that it depends on if it's too high or lower down.

    I hope you post about your switching to SW.
    Used my Smokeware cap yesterday for the first time - it worked just fine.  I did not change the gasket as it seemed snug enough.  Easy to modulate air flow and seemed to hold temperature steadier than daisy wheel.  I know some folks report no issues with rain using the DW, but really, if there is an opening toward the sky how can rain not be getting in?
    Maryland, 1 LBGE
  • LesMoLesMo Posts: 41
    Fantastic looking chicken.  Nice even and overall crispness without burning.
    Decatur, IL - If you're looking, you aren't cooking.
  • JohnnyTarheelJohnnyTarheel Posts: 5,204
    Great looking chicken... when you put your smokeware cap on it will take a lot of your rain issues out of play..
    Charlotte, NC - Large BGE 2014, Maverick ET 733, Thermopen, Nest, Platesetter, Woo2 and Extender w/Grid, Kick Ash Basket, Pizza Stone, SS Smokeware Cap, Blackstone 36"
  • bjeansbjeans Posts: 190
    edited August 2017
    bjeans said:
    Thank you. I'm just getting comfortable with the daisy wheel and switching to the Smokeware Cap could throw me... who am I kidding. I'm new and winging it so switching shouldn't matter. 

    I'm nervous about removing the current gasket - don't want to end up without an airtight fit and then have to wait for a thicker gasket. Matthew at Smokeware said to first check if the OEM gasket would work - that it depends on if it's too high or lower down.

    I hope you post about your switching to SW.
    Used my Smokeware cap yesterday for the first time - it worked just fine.  I did not change the gasket as it seemed snug enough.  Easy to modulate air flow and seemed to hold temperature steadier than daisy wheel.  I know some folks report no issues with rain using the DW, but really, if there is an opening toward the sky how can rain not be getting in?
    I was at DizzyPig today for a poultry class, and it was suggested to use the gasket on the egg like you did. Glad to know the learning curve isn't steep. And rain was getting in the egg when it was pouring - not that much but enough to drop the temp a little and smell odd for a bit. 

    And thanks for the kind words, @JohnnyTarheel and @LesMo
    Ex LBGE owner and current BGE liker 
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